A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members September 21, 2006
Association News

AWI Board Sets Sights on Five Futures for AWI

During several days of innovative strategic planning sessions that concluded on September 20, the AWI Board of Directors affirmed the association’s primary and secondary market customers and allied industry associations, and devised a list of preferred futures for the next six years. The five preferred futures state that by 2013 AWI:

  • Has a certification program that is universally respected and utilized by specifiers and owners and avoids AWI liability and conflict of interest (2007-2010).
  • Has developed a single, measurable North American quality standard that applies to all projects and supports certification (2007-2010).
  • Has created an owner and/or employee career development program with skills measurement and credentialing (2010-2013).
  • Has identified new sources of employees and marketed the industry to them (2007-2010).
  • Has created new opportunities for member involvement that produce high value to the participant and significant contributions to the association (2007-2010).

Watch for reports about the new and existing AWI programs, publications and products that will flow from these five futures.  It’s an exciting time for AWI growth and service to members.

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New AWI Officers Elected for 2006-2007

AWI is pleased to announce the association’s officers for the 2006-2007 year who were elected unanimously by the AWI Board of Directors on September 19, 2006.  On October 1, 2006, Ed Brewer of Louisville Lumber & Millwork takes the reigns as AWI President. AWI Officers for 2006-2007 are:

PresidentEd Brewer, Louisville Lumber & Millwork

President-ElectRichard Ungerbuehler, Sr., Federal Millwork Corporation

Vice PresidentWhitney Coombs, Ivan C. Dutterer, Inc.

TreasurerPatrick Nartker, Ted Bolle Millwork, Inc.

Congratulations to all. 

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Philip Duvic Appointed as AWI Executive VP

AWI’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of industry veteran and former AWI Director of Marketing & Communications Philip Duvic as Executive Vice President of AWI effective September 19, 2006.  

Phil has led AWI’s successful marketing and communications efforts since 2000 when he joined the AWI team to expand AWI’s marketing efforts and manage its publications working as liaison to the AWI Marketing & Membership Committee. As the new chief staff executive of AWI, Phil is also an AWI Past President (1998-1999) and former member of the association’s Board of Directors. He is a 25-year veteran of the architectural woodwork industry. The announcement of Phil’s promotion was made by 2005-2006 AWI President Rick Kogler following a strategic planning session of the AWI Board of Directors on September 19.

The Board’s unanimous approval about the appointment followed a comprehensive national search for a successor to Judy Durham, former AWI Executive VP, that began with scrupulous review of resumes from 28 applicants across the country.  The four board member AWI Search Committee included AWI Past President (1995-1996) Board Delegate Craig Johnson, President Rick Kogler, President-Elect Ed Brewer, and Vice President Richard Ungerbuehler, Sr.

Members may contact Phil at pduvic@awinet.org.
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Check & Update Your AWI Member Record Listing – Your Corporate Identity is at Stake!

Check your AWI company profile.  Is it current?  Does it need updating? 

Did you receive an AWI form mailed the week of September 10th for use in double checking and updating information about your company? All AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members were sent a Member Record Update form, but it’s not just another AWI form to complete – it’s about business opportunities.  You choose: either seize the opportunities or pass them by.

The information will be used for AWI’s 2007 Membership Resource Directory.  Plus, it forms the basis of your AWI member profile in the AWI web site on-line Member Directory. 

Don’t miss out on these AWI membership benefits to market your company to potential customers.  Both the Membership Resource Directory and the web site on-line AWI Member Directory are used by thousands of architects and other design professionals on a 24/7 – 365 days a year basis. 

Check your listing on-line.  See how others perceive your business profile.  
        Manufacturing Members 
        Supplier Members

If you have questions about the annual update, contact Angie Fuller at afuller@awinet.org.
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Convention News

Last Chance to Register for AWI Annual Celebration

Only one day remains to register for the AWI Annual Celebration, October 5-7, 2006 in New Orleans, and secure hotel accommodations at the AWI-preferred facilities.  Tomorrow, Friday, September 22, 2006, is the last day to register. 

Informative Education Sessions

  • Disaster Avoidance – Tips and Tricks for Woodwork Project Success
  • Workplace Safety – Right People, Right Jobs, Right Protection
  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Fundamentals of Estimating
  • Cost of Doing Business
  • Contract Law

Check out the impressive list of presenters and other authorities explained on the convention brochure.

Dubbed “Comeback of the Year” by the New York Times, New Orleans is still infused with charm, Creole and other gourmet food, historic attractions, and lively entertainment.  Experience the revitalization of one of America’s premier destinations.  AWI has planned an informative and entertaining event that will bring manufacturers and suppliers together for business, education, networking, sports and just plain fun.

Don’t miss this revamped event.  Bring several of your shop personnel to take advantage of the Project Management and Estimating seminars offered for the first time at an AWI convention.

Added benefits...

Chapter Officer Appreciation Reception

Come one, come all chapter officers... Join AWI in celebrating and showing appreciation to Chapter Officers, Friday, October 6, 5:30 – 6:30 pm prior to the Product Fair at The Foundry.  This complimentary AWI reception and briefing will bring chapter officers together for networking and an update on AWI National’s activities.

Sponsored Transportation for Golf and Sporting Clay Tournaments

As a cost saving benefit for participants in the fun and competitive Golf and Sporting Clay Tournaments, the AWI Louisiana/Mississippi Chapter is sponsoring the transportation. 

Spouse Registration Package

There’s a reduced registration rate of $375 for selected events for spouses and significant others.  It’s a great package offered in response to member inquiries.  The Spouse Registration Package covers: the Memorial & Recognition Dinner (Industry Reception) at the D-Day Museum, Thursday, October 5, plus admittance to the museum which will be open that evening exclusively for AWI members; the Product Fair at the Foundry which will include an open bar and reception Friday, October 6; and the “Second Line” Mardi Gras Parade to the Creole Queen Riverboat, Saturday, October 7, where we’ll enjoy the festivities of the final night banquet and cruise.

To review the full program of events and to register online, visit the AWI web site.
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In the Chapters

Chapter Events Ahead

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities?  Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area... New England, Empire State and Florida. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business and make contacts with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers.

AWI New England Chapter
When: September 26, 2006
What: Keiver-Willard Plant Tour and Lunch
Where: Keiver-Willard, Newburyport, MA
Contact: Tye Waller, (P) 617.444.8774 or tyewaller@newawi.org

AWI Empire State Chapter
When: October 11, 2006
What: Insights into Contracts
Speaker: AWILL Ambassador Scott Nelson
Where: Syracuse, NY
Contact:  Josh Browning, josh@genbrookmillwork.com

AWI Florida Chapter
When:  November 3-5, 2006
What: “40th Anniversary AWI Florida Chapter Changeover”
Program: “Notions about Woodwork,” “Woodwork Solutions – Veneer Module,” CSI-AWI Tabletop Display, Plant Tour, “Human Resource Practices for Success” and more
Where: Key West, FL
More information: For full program information and to register, visit www.AWIflnet.org.

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Regulatory Issues

IRS Gives Gulf Coast Businesses Another Filing Break

As part of the continuing effort to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina, the IRS will grant to businesses in the Gulf Coast an additional postponement of filing and payment requirements. The deadline will be Oct. 16, 2006, which is the same deadline established earlier for certain individual income tax return filers.

The postponement applies to taxpayers located in the designated disaster areas.  Business taxpayers in seven Louisiana parishes and three Mississippi counties will automatically qualify for this postponement. In addition, taxpayers in other locations – covering 11 Alabama counties, 31 Louisiana parishes and 48 Mississippi counties – can also obtain the filing and payment postponements by self-identifying themselves to the IRS. A complete list of the areas included in these categories is available on the IRS web site.
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Legal Matters

Prompt Pay to Speed Up in New Jersey

On September 1, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) signed SB 1726, a bill that requires construction owners to pay their contractors within 30 days of billing for "work performed in accordance with the provisions of a contract and certified by the owner or the owner's authorized approving agent" on contracts signed on or after September 1. If an owner does not make payment within the 30-day time frame, the legislation holds the owner to be liable for the remaining balance plus interest at a rate equal to the prime rate plus one percent,” the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) reported.

The new law is expected to speed the payments to subcontractors within 10 days of receipt of payment by an owner.  “The new law also allows prime contractors, subcontractors and sub-subcontractors to suspend work for nonpayment after seven calendar days' notice after payment is due,” ASA reported. For more information, contact ASA Senior Director & Counsel, Government & Industry Relations, Bill Isokait at bisokait@asa-hq.com or 703.684.3450, ext. 1311.

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